[ uhl-tuh-muh ]
/ ˈʌl tə mə /


the last syllable of a word.

Origin of ultima

1860–65; < Latin, feminine of ultimus, superlative corresponding to ulterior ulterior

Definition for ultima (2 of 3)

ultima ratio regum
[ oo l-ti-mah rah-tee-oh rey-goo m; English uhl-tuh-muh rey-shee-oh ree-guh m ]
/ ˈʊl tɪˌmɑ ˈrɑ tiˌoʊ ˈreɪ gʊm; English ˈʌl tə mə ˈreɪ ʃiˌoʊ ˈri gəm /


the final argument of kings (a resort to arms): motto engraved on the cannon of Louis XIV.

Definition for ultima (3 of 3)

ultima Thule
[ uhl-tuh-muh thoo-lee; Latin oo l-ti-mah too-le ]
/ ˈʌl tə mə ˈθu li; Latin ˈʊl tɪˌmɑ ˈtu lɛ /


(italics) Latin. the highest degree attainable.
the farthest point; the limit of any journey.
the point believed by the ancients to be farthest north.

Origin of ultima Thule

First recorded in 1655–65; literally, farthest Thule
Also called Thule.
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British Dictionary definitions for ultima (1 of 2)

/ (ˈʌltɪmə) /


the final syllable of a word

Word Origin for ultima

from Latin: the last, feminine of ultimus last; see ultimate

British Dictionary definitions for ultima (2 of 2)

ultima Thule
/ (ˈθjuːlɪ) /


another name for Thule
any distant or unknown region
a remote goal or aim

Word Origin for ultima Thule

Latin: the most distant Thule
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